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Associateship in Canadian Surety Bonding Associateship in Canadian Surety Bonding

Associateship in Canadian Surety Bonding

Surety bonds and the suretyship process

Bonding for risk management

A.C.S.B FAQs

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For Current SCS Students

  • Current students who are continuing to take courses to complete their A.C.S.B. Designation will be required to register with McMaster University Continuing Education. Registration will be available starting from November 15 here: https://mcmastercce.ca/surety-bonding

  • Students who have already completed some of the required core and/or elective courses should request an SCS transcript to be sent to SAC’s Head Office which will be held on your student file until you have completed the remaining courses.

For Prospective Designation Candidates

  • Yes. In order to be admitted to the Accounting program, you must have:

    1. - An Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent;
    2. - Be a mature student, or;
    3. - Be deemed an exceptional case

    Refer to the Admission Requirements page for more information.

  • Yes. The Accounting program is an open enrolment program, meaning there is no formal admission procedure. Simply enroll online at least 3 weeks in advance to ensure you secure a spot. Students must have:

    1. - An Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent;
    2. - Be a mature student, or;
    3. - Be deemed an exceptional case

    Refer to the Admission Requirements page for more information.

  • The Accounting program is available every Fall (September start), Winter (January start) and Spring (May start) terms. Refer to our Schedule & Fees page for specific dates.

  • The structure of the A.C.S.B. Designation Program will remain the same, where students will be required to complete four (4) core courses and two (2) electives through a distance/online learning platform.

    Please refer to McMaster University Continuing Education’s list of elective courses for further details (after November 15): https://mcmastercce.ca/surety-bonding. You can also find information on the SAC website here: https://www.suretycanada.com.

  • Yes. Students can apply for an exemption from the course, which is now titled: Introductory Financial Accounting (ACC 925); please see McMaster’s course list for more details.

    To be granted an exemption, students must submit appropriate documentation including a certified transcript from an accredited post‐secondary educational institution where they successfully completed an equivalent course. This should be submitted to SAC at the time of registration in the program.

    If students are granted an exemption, they are still required to complete five (5) courses; three (3) core courses and two (2) elective courses. ​

  • No other exemptions will be allowed. Please note that work experience cannot be used toward exemptions from courses. ​

  • First, students should download and complete the A.C.S.B. Application Form and mail their completed form to SAC’s head office along with a one‐time, non‐refundable program application fee. The form and details on the application fee can be found on the SAC website here: https://www.suretycanada.com.

    An application form and payment can be mailed to: Surety Association of Canada, 6299 Airport Road, Suite 709, Mississauga, ON L4V 1N3.

    Once received, students will then receive a confirmation email, at which time they will be required to register through the McMaster University Continuing Education website for an upcoming course. ​

  • The courses will continue to be offered through a distance/online learning platform. Course materials will also be available through the McMaster University Campus Store here: https://campusstore.mcmaster.ca

  • Please feel free to contact the Surety Association of Canada directly at (905) 677‐1353 or by email at surety@suretycanada.com.

    McMaster University Continuing Education can also be reached at (905) 525‐9140 ext. 24321 or toll free at 1‐800‐463‐6223. Emails can also be sent to surety@mcmaster.ca. ​

  • McMaster University Continuing Education ensures to hire experienced instructors who are knowledgeable and practitioners in their field, accessible and transparent. We have a variety of instructors for the Accounting program. Please refer to our Instructors page to learn more.

  • Those with an accounting certificate or diploma, degree and a CPA designation might expect to earn on average anywhere from $50,000.00 as an entry level accounting with 1-year experience upwards of $124,000+ - data as per PayScale.com

  • You can visit the Accounting program website or watch a recorded Accounting Program Preview Webinar at the bottom of the program page which outlines all of the program details in a short video.

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